Aug 31, 2012

By Michael Kramer

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Feminist writer  Shulamith Firestone has died in New York at the age of  67. 

A friend says she died of natural causes and her body was found in her apartment .

Firestone was born in Ottawa in 1945.  Her  first book The Dialectic of Sex, was published when she was only 25 years old .

She withdrew from public life afterward.

“The Dialectic of Sex”  offered  a radical analysis of the oppression of women, arguing that sexual inequality springs from the onus of childbearing, which devolves on women by pure biological happenstance.

The book was  translated into several languages and shot  Firestone into the front ranks of  feminists, alongside women like Betty Friedan and Germaine Greer. Firestone’s book  remains widely taught in women’s – studies courses.

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